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Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center Arena on 1977-04-23




Set 1

Sugaree
Cassidy
Loser
New Minglewood Blues
Ramble On Rose
Me And My Uncle
Row Jimmy
It's All Over Now
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain

Set 2

Estimated Prophet
Bertha
The Music Never Stopped
Help On The Way ->
Slipknot! ->
Franklin's Tower ->
Around And Around ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Not Fade Away

Encore
One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Springfield Civic Center Arena
Location Springfield, MA

Source Matrix mix (SBD/AUD)
Transferred by Hunter Seamons

Notes

*Matrix*

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SBD (shnid=88401):

Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat -> CD

Transfer Info:
CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC
(3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
charliemiller87@earthlink.net
November 9, 2007

Patch Info:
(FOB) Sony ECM-99A -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD -> Samplitude supplies:
Franklin's Tower (5:05 - 5:34)

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AUD (shnid=17178):

Source: Sony ECM99A > Sony152TC taped by Steve Hopkins
Lineage: AUDMC > DAT > CD
Encoding: EAC(secure) > Cool Edit > CDWAV > mkwact > SHN(seekable) by mvernon54@attbi.com

notes
MB - some crackle near the end from PA??, tape flip after song completes
RJ - some mild crackle in a few places
FT - one instance with a bit of distortion on the vocals
AAA - tape flip covered by omitting a part of a refrain

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Thank you to Charlie Miller for the SBD transfer,
to Steve Hopkins for recording the show,
and to Matt Vernon for the AUD transfer.

Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (SHN & FLAC>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC)
February 23, 2009

Notes:

1) Fades were used to create a continuous AUD track between songs.

2) Shnid=17178 was preferred over shnid=83685.

3) Third Fire On The Mountain

Reviews

Reviewer: tomcohen - - June 8, 2014
Subject: Best of many
A bunch of us came down from Boston for this show on a Saturday night. We had tickets and waited for a few hours outside. Then Albert saw security guards inside the building coming to some closed doors where no one was waiting, and we rushed up and were among the first to get in. We opted for a block of seats together at about the blueline and a few rows up, and then experienced the best show I ever attended. Incredible energy all night, and the place exploded with Scarlet Begonias. The Goin' Down the Road was one for the ages, especially the way Jerry went into the bass note run out of Round and Round. I'll never forget this one, and the recording does it justice.
Reviewer: musicphotos77 - - April 24, 2014
Subject: an omen of what was to follow...........
I was at this show, and it still remains the favorite of the 70 shows I saw between 1973 -1995. Was only the second night of the tour, general admission, on a rainy cool day. Civic Center was way smaller than most of the other Northeastern 'hockey rink' venues, so it always felt more intimate and with better sound .Attended the show with at least 10 of my friends we grabbed a bunch of seats just off the floor, not too far back on the side. Nice Sugaree to start (they did not open many shows with this!) quite appropriate as we 'had to stand out in the pouring RAIN!)In these 'earlier' years I noticed that the band would feed off the energy of the crowd, and it was clear from the start that this crowd was pumping out lots of energy! Nice Cassidy rocked next, it was clear this was going to be a rocking set. On my copy you can clearly hear someone say "stand up" during Cassidy, to one of the newbies that perhaps thought the crowd would stay seated during the concert! Loser and Ramble on Rose with great vocal intensity from Jerry, being not far from NYC, the 'just like New York City' line gets a big response. Keith's work on the organ is smooth, especially on Row Jimmy. Bobby rocks out again on All Over Now, a new cover song that most of us have not heard the band do. Then out of NOWHERE comes a quick 1-2-3 drum beat, and SCARLET BEGONIAS !! Often I think one can judge the quality of a show not just by the songs that are played, and how well they are played, but WHEN the songs are played! A rousing Scarlet into the first (for many of us) Fire on the Mountain to end the first set- set this crowd 'on fire' and we were pumped up for a great second set.
Which led off with another new song, Estimated, we knew this song would be a 'keeper!' Then we kicked up the tempo again with Bertha (which in my mind became the 'theme' song for this special spring tour), nice vocal harmonies from Donna & Bobby. This up beat tempo 'never stopped' throughout this entire second set, which I never would find duplicated at any other show! Listen to this set and you will agree!! The Music Never Stopped kicked up the energy level again, and the crowd kept the tempo going with energetic clapping, and the band kept it going with Help / Slip/ Franklin's, and even though we did not think we could be any more pumped up, this Franklins Tower totally put us up into a frenzied level that only the GD at their best could do!! Not to be outdone Bobby picked another rocker, Around & Around, followed by GDTRFB, WHICH KICKED OUR BUTTS EVEN MORE and Not Fade Away. A slow Jerry encore? No way, it being Sat. night we rocked out of town with OMSN. Over they years to follow I would see many great shows, but never did I hear the band sustain such energy over the entire evening, especially during the second set.
every spring around this date I play my cassette copy of this in my car, nuthin left to do but smile smile smile.........! Listened to it yesterday to feel the "fire".
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - April 23, 2014
Subject: --
Well, I'm definitely not going to spoil the 5-star party here - yep, this thing is the '77 goods. Jerry has some trouble throughout the show remembering the words, but nothing too drastic - the band sounds great and everything's delivered in that colossal-gold sound they perfected about a month or so after this show. This matrix is my preferred source of all those on the archive, despite a bit too much tuning space at times - that NFA clocks in at 11 minutes, not 20 :) :) :)
Reviewer: wyzyrd - - March 23, 2013
Subject: WOW!
Dragon w/ matches, indeed! By the end of Franklin's Tower no less than a whole pail of water is called for. Listening with earbuds on my cell phone. What a glorious mix!
Reviewer: gml3ff - - February 17, 2013
Subject: GREAT SHOW
This recording is awesome. The only thing I don't understand is at around 8:35 on Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad you can hear the beginning of Cold Rain and Snow and there is pretty significant pause before Not Fade Away starts. Was this just a teaser or was Cold Rain and Snow cut out of the recording? I know Jerry used to tease songs like Dark Star, but I don't know if he did the same thing with this one.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - - February 16, 2013
Subject: matrix 1977/04/23
Beautiful sounding matrix. If I could pick a setlist from this era, this is about as close to what I would have handpicked. Great show
Reviewer: srfcosta - - January 24, 2013
Subject: hey now !
my first show

pierpont, umass, green blotter, so fun.

thank you for the mix and memories Hunter.

cook mark
Reviewer: GmanIA - - December 9, 2012
Subject: Outstanding Matrix
A pleasure to listen to, just the right AUD mixd in for that bit of "live: atmosphere. Thank you. Gman
Reviewer: ms42466 - - November 9, 2012
Subject: MOST AMAZSING loser, ROUND &ROUND sick oocontrooll!!!
Pure sugar& spice all of it, ditto to all other posts.Folks it goes sick outrageous at 2/3 thr round
A must hear! we should highlight these amazing songs of the show!!!!!
Reviewer: llucy - - August 9, 2012
Subject: My first show
Rode the rail in front of Jerry :>
Reviewer: njpg - - August 5, 2012
Subject: Glorious matrix sound,
and one of my favorite shows.
Reviewer: barreramusic - - July 14, 2012
Subject: 4/23/77
Oh yeah!
Reviewer: hoipoli07 - - June 2, 2012
Subject: Help on the Way/ Slipknot
absolutely splendid, inspiring, and deep... lets'go
Reviewer: Alto_Madness - - September 27, 2011
Subject: Peak Dead
Starts at amazing, then takes it up a notch. Not just a remarkable performance, but also a tour through highlights of the Dead's songbook. Naughty and nice, tough and sensitive, primal and sophisticated all at the same time; this is the Dead in top form.
Reviewer: smokingcratersofthemind - - July 26, 2011
Subject: The joyful Grateful Dead!
It didn't take very long for me to realize the abounding joy I was feeling... life was, and is, beautiful. I realize it fully. I awaken. The true self lives, though does not breathe nor sleep. But I am alive to be a witness to all beauty. So I will write of what I hear... this Grateful Dead concert, and the many ways they convey the beautiful sentiments in each song. Sugaree, quickly enough, brings all those sentiments, and through each song they roll along with all the beautiful meaning. It has brought them 12 years, moving in such way, that their music manifests a single constant which is change. As all the songs beautifully rise out of the years, we all know what is to come without a name for it. So here is 1977, and the very near beginning of another such great year. I can already hear, and feel it, within the bouncing rhythms reaching through my speakers
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - - July 21, 2011
Subject: fire a must
drums are deff. calling this show
Reviewer: Since 77 - - July 20, 2011
Subject: You owe it to yourself!
I admit to being a bit of a "soundboard snob" in the past. Only the very highest quality of audience recordings could keep my interest and matrix recordings were just a strange idea. I have since repented of that way of thinking and embraced the matrix thing in a big way. And nobody does the matrix better than Hunter Seamons. As someone else suggested, Hunter Seamons is to the matrix recording what Charlie Miller is to the soundboard. Very high praise indeed! I am on a quest to listen to - and collect - all the matrix jobs that Mr. Seamons has produced. This guy is a true artist and a crack technician.
OK, as you may already know, this is an outrageously great show from a year of proven vintage. The playing quality is off the charts. These April shows have just a little different feel than the June shows of this year, and I'm not sure I am the wordsmith to articulate just HOW it is different. How about this: April is not quite as slick and polished as June, and April's vibe is just a little more laid back and "fun". If you are not yet convinced about the whole matrix thing, just listen to this show, give it a chance. A close listen may just make you a true believer in the whole matrix idea. Many thanks to Hunter Seamons. You, sir, are a genius!
Reviewer: Chuck_W00lery - - May 5, 2011
Subject: Agree, this is the best matrix
Wow, they all should be like this. I can see it, smell it, practically taste it.
Reviewer: Aaron_Ehrlich - - April 21, 2011
Subject: Amazing Show and Recording
Incredible performance. not necessarily the best of '77 (after all, it was one of the Dead's best years) but certainly one of the best to listen to if you consider mix. GREAT Matrix, really puts you there. Also Keith who was fading out at this stage of his career sounds fantastic, which is refreshing.

Performance: 5
Mix: 5
Overall: 5

This is a must listen for all fans
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - March 20, 2011
Subject: More gold from 77
Another 77 gem. Fantastic versions of the 77 classics performed to perfection. Great sound to boot.
Reviewer: tatittle - - August 18, 2010
Subject: AWESOME technology shares the spirit of the art!
WOW this is beyond amazing sounding! I cannot believe it, truly puts you there! Part of that IS the spatial aspect provided by the AUD source, but just a hint or it is distracting. I had preferred Charlie Miller soundboards to jam to with my electric guitar, but this show may have sold me on the Matrix. Best Ive heard ()which isnt many)

The best projects are done out of love rather than for money...and that is well exemplified here. GOD LOVE YOU!

The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it!
Reviewer: Smerdyakov - - March 14, 2010
Subject: As good as is gets!!
As incredible as this set list looks on paper...
The playing and sound deliver THE GOODS!!!
Truly a miraculous from start to finish.
Bravo Hunter!! Thank you Al Gore.
Reviewer: utopian - - March 5, 2010
Subject: First time
Trying to go back and fill in the pieces, things I havn't given a real good listen to. This one I don't think I have ever listened to.

High energy. Some songs I think were never as good as some of these 77 versions could be. Cassidy, music, Bertha all were so tight during this year.

Lots of jamming during this show, very creative, Keith is in fine form.

Jerry Flubs lyrics during help on the way but still amazing stuff.
Reviewer: MayAllSentientBeings - - April 15, 2009
Subject: Love it.
Oh man, this is nuts. Yet another Spring '77 barnstormer. I love(d) it when Jerry would get so excited that it would actually discombobulate his guitar playing (Scarlet -> Fire ... on fire!). THIS is the mix people should be downloading a zillion times, not the other one (okay, so how about both)! One year and about 5 months after this show I would become a freshman at U.Mass. and hitchike down I-91 to Springfield for Dead and Little Feat concerts, and they'd be playing at our Spring Fling Concert with Patty Smith as the opener! If only I'd graduated from high school a year earlier ...
Reviewer: wineland - - February 26, 2009
Subject: Jaw Dropping Good
This is an incredible specimen. It's exactly how a matrix should sound. Just enough crowd from the audience source to relive the show scene while complementing a beautiful soundboard. Keith is on fire, just listen to him kick start Estimated with a slide down the keys. Thanks Hunter!
Reviewer: hseamons - - February 26, 2009
Subject: Front Cover
http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/4315/gd770423front.jpg
Reviewer: SomeDarkHollow - - February 25, 2009
Subject: Stop it...this is getting ridiculous...
Seamons has done it yet again. Sound on this is fan-freakin-tastic. Perfect balance and clarity. And the show more than lives up to the sound quality. Great, great performances of "standards" as well as some surprises. The Slipknot may be one of my favorites, with Keith doing some really neat stuff on the synth. And the Frank's just blows up, taking the crowd along for a ride into a whirlpool of crazed joy. Oh, yeah, and the NFA is just way too silly. This is some excellent stuff here brought to you in a stunning Matrix. Once again we are in your debt for producing such quality work.
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